A 1843 gold quarter eagle, graded Proof-63 Cameo by NGC will be featured at Heritage's January 29-February 1 official auctions of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The Premier session, featuring the finest offerings in this auction, is scheduled to open the auction on the evening of January 29.

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Only five examples of 1843 quarter eagle have been traced as proof strikes, a number which should not be surprising when you realize that proofs of all dates were struck infrequently at best before 1858. Needless to say, these coins appear rarely at auction, and this one is believed not to have been offered since 1950.

A 1869 double eagle graded Proof-65 Ultra Cameo is easily in the condition census for the date and one of only about twelve examples known. Only 25 proofs were struck, one of the lowest mintage figures for any post-1858 issue. Like the previous coin, we believe this piece has been off the market for decades, and we have not been able to trace another auction appearance.

The proof 1908 double eagle in this auction is particularly intriguing. Most 1908 proofs have a matte finish, but this piece features the bright orange-gold, semi-reflective surfaces common to the Roman finish proofs made in 1909-1910. It remains an open question whether other 1908 proof double eagles were made with this finish. This coin has been graded Proof-65 by NGC.

Just a few of the other highlights of this auction, obviously not limited to proof gold, include:

  • 1908 $20 Motto PR65 NGC. Roman Finish Proof 1908 $20 Motto PR65 NGC. Roman Finish Proof
  • 1905 1C Cent -- Struck on a $2 1/2 Gold Planchet -- MS64 PCGS 1905 1C Cent -- Struck on a $2 1/2 Gold Planchet -- MS64 PCGS
  • 1905 1C Cent -- Struck on a $2 1/2 Gold Planchet -- MS64 PCGS
  • 1858 3CS PR68 NGC
  • 1858 25C PR67 NGC. Briggs 5-E
  • 1807 50C Draped Bust, O-110, R.2, MS66 NGC
  • 1803 $1 Large 3, B-6, BB-255, MS63 NGC
  • 1861-D G$1 MS61 PCGS. Variety 12-Q
  • 1796 $2 1/2 No Stars on Obverse, BD-2, R.4, XF40 NGC
  • 1885 $5 PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC
  • 1920-S $20 MS64 PCGS
  • 1905 G$1 Lewis and Clark MS67 PCGS

This auction is open for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.

Thailand is set to become minting hub in Asean region after the Royal Mint has signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the Treasury Department of Thailand at the Royal Thai Embassy in London on January 13. The trategic partnership between the world’s leading export mint and the Treasury Department of Thailand to cover a number of mutually beneficial projects.

Thailand Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has a long standing relationship and cooperation with the Treasury Department of Thailand that includes the regular supply of circulating coin blanks to the Royal Thai Mint. The Royal Mint is currently supplying coin blanks to the Royal Thai Treasury for the 1 Baht denomination having signed a c £8 million contract in August 2014.

Andrew Mills, Director of Circulating Coin at The Royal Mint, commented: “The Royal Mint has a longstanding and excellent working relationship with the Treasury Department of Thailand. This exciting agreement based on a series of projects has the objective of establishing Thailand as the key regional centre for the minting industry. At The Royal Mint, we pride ourselves on having developed our craft to produce the highest quality coinage and for being at the forefront of technology and innovation both for the UK and abroad. It’s great that we’re now able to share that expertise with different parts of the world.”

Dr Naris Chaiyasoot, Director General at the Treasury Department of Thailand, commented: I am delighted that the Treasury Department of Thailand and The Royal Mint shall collaborate strategically within the framework of the Technical Cooperation Agreement on projects such as the Regional Coin Training Centre and a plan to introduce circulation coins in ASEAN region.

Sommai Phasee, Finance Minister of Thailand, commented: I am delighted to announce the signing of the Agreement which is one of the successful deliverables of the Thailand and United Kingdom Strategic Dialogue and an example of the close relationship between our two countries. On behalf of the Ministry of Finance of Thailand, I wish for great success of the Technical Cooperation Agreement and look forward to the future cooperation of The Royal Mint and HM Treasury.

The Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA) incorporates a series of projects that will see The Royal Mint sharing the benefits of more than 1,000 years of manufacturing history and experience, focused on technical skills and coin management training. The institutions hope that this expert knowledge will help to establish Thailand as the regional hub for minting and coin management in South East Asia within the next three years.

The TCA is also focussed on improving and promoting minting as an industry, as well as effective coin management in the neighbouring ASEAN countries. In order to enhance and improve the capabilities and efficiencies of the Royal Thai Mint, the technical training will focus on all aspects of production, to include packaging development, medal production and the striking of circulating and commemorative coins.

An important and exciting project of the Agreement is a joint agreed strategic plan to introduce circulating coins in Asia, focussing on the neighbouring countries to Thailand and based upon a collaborative offering of products and services from The Royal Mint and the Treasury Department of Thailand.

In its capacity as the world’s leading export mint, annually supplying 50 to 60 countries with circulating coins and blanks, The Royal Mint is widely regarded as an industry leader in coin management and distribution, renowned not only for its 1,000-year heritage but also its innovation that harnesses state-of-the-art technology to the service of the highest standard of minting. As well as being responsible for the provision and maintenance of the UK’s coinage, it provides invaluable support and advice to various Central Banks and Issuing Authorities.

Source: Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has released The Magna Carta 800th Anniversary 2015 UK £2 BU Coin but a historian pointed out that the image on the coin reverse shows King John signing parchment with a quill is a 'schoolboy error'. Author Dr Marc Morris said that the coin show King John is depicted holding a quill as if about to sign the document – but in reality, he would have stamped it with a seal.

Magna Carta

Mr Morris, 41, the author of several books – among them The Bigod Earls of Norfolk in the Thirteenth Century and King John: Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta – said the coin was ‘historically wrong’.

Speaking last week, he said: ‘To depict King John holding a quill is simply a schoolboy error.

‘Medieval kings did not authenticate documents by signing them, they did it by sealing them – or rather by getting one of their officials to do it for them.

‘All the pen in John’s hand symbolises is ignorance of this basic fact.’


Mr Morris even created what he described as a ‘more historically accurate’ image of the signing of the Magna Carta out of Playmobil figures and posted the image on Twitter.

In the posting on Twitter he stated: ‘A far more accurate depiction of what went on at Runnymede than that produced by the Royal Mint.’

Bosses at the Royal Mint, however, defended the coin, saying the image on the coin was ‘symbolic’ rather than ‘factual’.

He said: ‘The design is symbolic of King John’s acceptance of the Magna Carta, it is not intended to be interpreted as a literal account of what actually occurred.

‘The design is in fact inspired by King John’s royal seal, the very seal used on the Magna Carta.”

Royal Mint also put a footnote on the coin post "The image used on this coin packaging is a well-known visual representation of historical events from the time, and not factual depiction. The Royal Mint understand that the Magna Carta was in fact witnessed and sealed by King John and not physically signed."

Source: Metro UK